Celebrating the holiday season with sustainable decorations

Published: Dec. 6, 2019 at 6:37 PM CST
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'Tis the season for holiday decorations. From the holly to the tinsel, sustainability is the newest hack when it comes to creating your own winter wonderland.

"I love to decorate and I love the space to be able to feel like a home."

Sarah Woestman is a mom on a mission, taking her love of crafting and putting a sustainable spin on it.

"If you just look around in nature, there's so many things that you can use inside your home and especially during the winter when things are kind of dead and bleak inside, why not bring it inside as much as you can or try and liven up your space through that," said Woestman.

From repurposing family photographs, to adding oranges to evergreens in a seasonal display, Woestman says some of the greatest decorations you can use are sometimes right under your nose.

"It's just looking around your house and seeing what things that you have and it doesn't take a lot of time and it doesn't take a lot of money," said Woestman.

Local staples, like the Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, offer its visitors the chance to explore, creating decorations using nature's treasures, which can be used for years to come.

"We're using fresh evergreens, branches, like dogwood branches, pine cones. We will accessorize it with non-natural products, such as bows and ornaments, but it's something that will look nice and bring the outdoors into your holiday decorating," said Sam Burbach.

"It creates this tradition that your kids might look forward to or that you might look forward to doing each year," said Woestman.

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